PARTIES & EVENTS
Five Easy DIY Costumes

Just three weeks away, Halloween is going to creep up on us any minute! If you're stuck in a rut and can't decide on a costume--have no fear! Below are five easy DIY costumes you can put together with stuff that's probably already in your closet!

1. PSY: Okay, so "Gangnam Style," went viral via YouTube and frontman, Psy, is a fun appraoch to a Halloween costume DIY! This should be a big one this year for guys or girls! All you need is a baby blue blazer, a black bowtie, and black shades! The hardest part of this costume will probabaly be the dance you'll have to learn to go with it!

EARGASMIC
10 Lost Legends Due for a Hologram Resurrection

With the eerily realistic resurrection of Tupac via hologram at Coachella this past weekend, we couldn't help but imagine what it would be like to see more of our favorite lost legends come back to life. What we'd pay to see them in the flesh (kinda) once more! This is an open letter to the Hologram Gods, here's a list of icons you need to get to work on next. Chop chop.

10. Kurt Cobain/Nirvana

FASHIONABLE
Fashion in Film: 5 Essential Iconic Movies

Films have always played a huge role in shaping fashion and trends, past and present. What better way to reference ensembles and styling techniques than through our favorite stars and storylines? For all of you fashionistas who have yet to see one, two, or all of them, we highly recommend you watch these timeless films for your creative, fashionable needs. Hopefully they will leave you just as inspired as they left us!

Okay, this one is pretty obvious, but let us start from the beginning. We couldn’t bare to make a list of fashionable movies without including the seed of classic taste: Audrey Hepburn’s character, Holly Golightly. As an eccentric socialite in the fashion Mecca of our Nation, Holly brings a whole new meaning to the word “chic.” The LBD, tiara, and elbow-length gloves will forever be a classic look.

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Diamonds Really Are A Girl's Best Friend

When Marilyn Monroe danced across movie screens and proclaimed “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!”, it was one of the most iconic moments in cinema history. The song became a highlight not only for Marilyn’s career, but for many of the jeweler’s mentioned. They garnered mainstream attention --and with good reason. Finally, women had a counterpart to the oft-repeated “dog is man’s best friend." Who needs to play fetch when you could play dress up?

Laying claim to one of the largest diamonds ever discovered, the Tiffany Yellow Diamond, the company set the bar high for excellence in jewelry design early on. At 287.42 carats in the rough, 128.54 carats with 90 facets after it was cut, the massive rock has only been known to have been worn twice since its 1878 discovery in South Africa (one of those women was, of course, Audrey Hepburn while promoting Breakfast at Tiffany’s).

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DIY: Homemade Liquid Eyeliner

All hale the cat-eye’s return! Dating back to the 1950s, this trend is the perfect combination of simple meets sexy. We love this look because it allows us to play-up our lips without looking overdone. So the big question arises...How do we achieve this look? Well, we’re here to let you in on a little secret for perfecting this gorgeous look and making your very own long-lasting liquid eyeliner. This homemade liquid eyeliner is fantastic because it stays on for hours, so you don’t have to worry about it smudging on the dance floor when things get steamy. Think of this as a little investment, you won’t be needing to purchase eyeliner for at least a year or so. All you have to do is put 1-2 drops of contact solution directly into your eyeshadow. You’ll notice a water-color-paint effect, but not to worry, it drys very fast (both on your eye and the eyeshadow itself). Dip your brush into the concoction and get ready to start painting!



Step-by-Step
  • Swipe a light eye-shadow (preferably in a cream color) over the lid to create a dramatic contrast
  • Apply 1-2 drops of contact solution into the eye-shadow palette
  • Next, dip brush into your concoction and dab off any extra to avoid the black from running
  • When applying the homemade liner to your eye, be sure to stay as close to the lashes as possible, you can always add more. Note: If you make a mistake, use a Q-tip to reshape the cat-eye
  • Pull the corner of your eye and draw on your liner (you may need to re-dip your brush)
  • Avoid opening your eye until the liner is completely dry, you don’t want a blob of eye-liner in the crease of your eye
The results are fabulous. We found that this homemade eyeliner is more forgiving than any other eye-pencil or felt-tip pen on the market. The Sephora eyeliner brush also allows you to tackle this look with more precision. So my stylish friends, ditch those aggravating eye-liner pencils and try this DIY make-up tip at home. We promise that you’ll never go back to that dry, messy pencil ever again.

What you’ll need:

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Behind the Brow: Your Guide to Great Eyebrows

Let’s clear the air about the dreaded eyebrow pencil. Of course it’s quite troublesome to block out that terrifying image of your elementary school nurse's painted on eyebrows, but we're here to inform you that pencils are in fact a vital tool for accomplishing those sexy brows. When using an eyebrow pencil, be sure to make soft, light strokes to create hair-like lines. (We don't want you looking like the afore mentioned, tragic school nurse!) When choosing a pencil, always go with a lighter color than the actual color of your brows. Remember, we're blending in our pencil marks to look like natural hairs! Dark pencils tend to look like they were drawn in with a Sharpie!




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Sumaroo Has That New Modern Look For You

Emerging trends seem to be coming from a certain San Francisco based clothing company, and that company goes by the name of Sumaroo! What is Sumaroo? Where can these hidden treasures be purchased? Right on their website, but setting up an account is the way to go. It sets off that VIP feeling, where only the elite can purchase the most fashionable, emerging trends.

STYLE STALKER
Mother of Costume Pearl

Whether they're real or fake, pearls are always in style. Their classic look is associated with sophistication, grace, and feminine charm. The moment a pearl necklace is added to an outfit, it is transformed from a few paired separates, to a beautifully polished ensemble. This holds true more than anywhere in Washington DC, where the idea of style is tailored and polished.

Although it is always preferred to wear the real thing rather than a knockoff, pearls are becoming an exception. The economy is continuing to take a toll on our stylistic choices, making real pearls a little out of reach for most. In the past, it was socially unacceptable to wear fake pearls over the age of 14, but now, it is becoming more and more accepted. The main reason for this exception is that fake pearls look so much like the real thing, it is almost impossible to notice the difference without being up close.

COSTUMES
Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas


While it's unlikely you've forgotten about October's biggest "holiday", if you're like me, you've probably just put off preparing a costume until the very last minute, and because Halloween falls on a Sunday, you realized that you have parties to go to all weekend!

So instead of cutting holes in your sheet and going as Casper (again), here are some quick and easy Halloween costume ideas you can put together right before you run out the door!

1) What would Audrey do? (Hepburn, that is)

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Fall Goes Retro

It may be closer to 2050 than 1950, but many Fall 2010 collections have us wondering, “Haven’t we seen that before?”

Feminine, demure, 50s-insprired items have made a comeback in tops, bottoms, shoes, handbags, and accessories. Contrary to the image that may come to mind, the iconic look is not all about poodle skirts and pink bomber jackets (although they may be pretty darn cute for Halloween).